The Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has been issued a seven-day ultimatum by the Imo State chapter of Labour, to pay the March 2019 salaries owed to state Civil servants and all the outstanding pension arrears.
The ultimatum was issued by the likes of Nigeria Labour Congress, the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council and Trade Union Congress.
The workers in a statement released to the state Governor, Okorocha stated that all plan to see the state Accountant-General paid the March salaries has yielded no result.
The letter which was signed by the state chairman of the NLC, Comrade Austin Chilakpu, chairman of TUC, Comrade NkimTangban and chairman, JPSNC, Comrade Aloy Iwuanyanwu respectively, stated that the decision of the state government not to pay the salaries of the workers is unacceptable by the union.
Labour claimed that the delay in the payment of their salaries in the state having received both LGA allocations, 13 percent derivation fund, Ecological funds and internally generated fund is unacceptable.
Labour stated that the workers in the state might be forced to celebrate Easter without their salaries at hand.
It stated that no state in the North would deny its worker salary during Sallah celebrations.
“More worrisome also is the fact that we shall soon enter into the Easter session which the workers need this salary for.”
“It is pertinent to point out that no state government in the North can deny its workers their salaries during Salah.”
“It, therefore, expected that no state in this part of the country should deny its workers their salaries during such all-important celebrations as Easter.”
“We cannot guarantee any industrial peace if the government fails to do the needful. Labour leaders in Imo State should not be held responsible for any outbreak of industrial unrest.”
“Government should use the seven days given to her to pay the workers and pensioners,” the Organised Labour stated.